Real Name
First Appearance
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Vol. 1) #1 (May, 1984)
Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
Team Affliation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Base of Operations
New York City
Skills and Abilities
Highly skilled in ninjutsu, Olympic-level agility, speed, and strength, Master of stealth, Genius-level intellect, Expert in various fields of science and engineering, Mastery of bōjutsu and kobudō, Chi Gong
Tools and Weapons
Bo Staff

Donatello is the scientifically-adept member of the superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Donatello started out as one of four pet turtles accidentally dropped in the sewer and exposed to a radioactive mutagen, which mutated him into half-human/half-turtle a creature. He was raised with his brothers in the ways of the ninja by a mutated rat named Splinter who was also transformed in the same accident and taught to fight for those in need.


When four pet turtles fell into a sewer and were contaminated with radioactive ooze, they began to mutate. The four turtles turned into humanoid beings and were taken in by Splinter, a rat who also was mutated by the radioactive materials. Splinter trained them in the martial arts and raised them like both a father and a martial arts sensei, naming them all after his favorite Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Donatello.  As he grew older, Donatello gained an affinity for machines and computers.

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